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Where next for disabled athletes?
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Posted September 10, 2012 at 10:02AM
The media and politicians are so full of enthusiasm, but will it just peter out? I would like to think that there will be support by way of publicity and televising some of their world championship rounds. Is it likely to happen or will the next appearance on television be the wheelchair racers at the London Marathon? Obviously not all of the events at the Paralympics made for compulsive viewing but the same could equally be said of some of the Olympic events. I thought there were enough events that did provide excellent viewing and that these would deserve some sort of follow-up. Unfortunately I don't have any confidence in the media or politicians pursuing it once the initial glow starts to wear off. I hope I'm proved wrong as watching the Paralympics was a bit of an eye opener for me. Their attitude to life, despite what it had dealt them, was absolutely outstanding and epitomised by Alex Zinardi whose interview at Brands Hatch was so positive and enthusiastic. To follow each day I found 'The Last Leg' became compulsive viewing because this attitude and humour shone through there. A few less talking heads and advert breaks during the day would have been nice, but at least we got to see quite a lot of the competitors.
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